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Films

This year the festival is delighted to present four extremely special screenings

A Small Quiet English Town

Monday 5th August, 6pm
Scott Cinema, Radway Place

Finally, after many years in the making, TPLfilms and Sidmouth Folk Week’s Festival Committee are proud to present this journey through time exploring Sidmouth Folk Festival’s rich and fascinating history. The Producers of this 70 minute film used previously unseen film and photographs donated through archive collections or found in rubbish skips, sheds and attics after decades of neglect to tell the story of ‘Europe’s longest running folk festival’. It features interviews, performances and memories from festivals gone by and helps us to understand how Sidmouth Folk Week became the highpoint in the English Folk calendar. Ralph McTell (Streets of London), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands), India Electric Company, Lori Campbell, Edgelarks, The Oysterband and many more all feature to tell Sidmouth’s story and help us experience a movie event that’s truly unique.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW ONLINE: £5.30/£6.80
Limited seats will be reserved for festival season ticket holders – book in person at Scott Cinema with your Festival ticket.

The Transports … Sing-a-long-a-version

Saturday 3rd August, 2.30pm
The Arts Centre (at Manor Pavilion)

A captioned film of Peter Bellamy’s ‘Transports’, filmed in Portsmouth in 1987 by Doc Rowe. This is a fully costumed production featuring Jim Eldon, Kirsty Potts, Pete Morton, Peter Bellamy, Tim Laycock, Dave and Heather Brady, Mike Bettison, John O’Hagan and John Kirkpatrick amongst others. 

This event is included in All in One & Season Tickets. For those without a season ticket, a workshop ticket will get you into this event (available to buy as a book of 6 tickets), alternatively tickets available on the door subject to space.

14th Sidmouth International Folk Festival – 1968 – a film by David Sharp

Monday 5th August, 11am
Scott Cinema, Radway Place

Filmed entirely on 16mm film during the 1968 Sidmouth “International” Folk Festival, this beautiful 90 minute film is a treasure trove of bygone memories and gives us an insight into Sidmouth’s folk life of the 60’s. David Sharp was a BBC Film Editor working in the South West in the 60’s and with his professional cameraman brother, Peter, they could see the importance of trying to capture the essence of the festival during a time of real change not just for the Festival but in England, Europe and around the world. David and Peter borrowed and rented equipment and film stock to create their project and with the help of local BBC resources, managed to complete the film to the television standard of the day. David kindly donated his film to The Box in Plymouth where it is being professionally preserved and archived and he also allowed TPLfilms to include sections in the award-winning film, A Small Quiet English Town. David, his wife Eva and Peter all plan to attend this years screening at The Radway Cinema on the 5th August as it will be the first time they will have seen their film in its entirety on the big screen!

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW ONLINE £5.30/£6.80
Limited seats will be reserved for festival season ticket holders – book in person at Scott Cinema with your Festival ticket.

‘Ere we all are again, then

Tuesday 6th August, 9.30am
The Arts Centre (at Manor Pavilion)

As a tribute to Chris Sugden, we are showing one complete performance by Sid and Henry – the Kipper Family, filmed in London by Doc Rowe in 1989 – including The New Trunch Coronation Band!

This event is included in All in One & Season Tickets. For those without a season ticket, a workshop ticket will get you into this event (available to buy as a book of 6 tickets), alternatively tickets available on the door subject to space.